30 June, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
30th June (17th June O.S.):

  • AGRIPPINUS, a bishop of Como who reposed A.D. 615.
  • ANTIDIUS (ANTEL, ANTIBLE, TUDE), a disciple of St. Ferreolus of Besançon (16th June), who was put to death by the Vandals at the hamlet of Ruffey, circa A.D. 265.
  • AVITUS (AVY), a monk at Menat in Auvergne, who went on to serve as Abbot of Micy near Orleans; he left Micy to live as a hermit in the Perche, but was forced by his numerous disciples to build, and become abbot of a new monastery.   St. Avitus reposed circa A.D. 530.
  • BOTULF AND ADULF (BOTOLPH AND ADOLPH), (Seventh century) little is known about Adulf, other than he was a monk and brother of Botulf.   Famed for his piety, St. Botulf was the founder of a monastery at Iken in Suffolk.   Over seventy churches were dedicated to St. Botulf, including four at the gates of the City of London.
  • BRIAVEL, a sixth century anchorite at St. Briavels, in present-day Gloucestershire England.
  • GUNDULPHUS, a sixth century bishop in France who is believed to have reposed in Bourges.
  • HERVEUS (HERVÉ), a native of Wales who was taken when very young to Brittany.   Though blind from birth, he became Abbot of Plouvien, and later moved with some of his monks to Lanhouarneau.   St. Herveus reposed circa A.D. 575.
  • HIMERIUS, a native of Calabria who became a monk, and later Bishop of Ameila in Umbria.   He is described as a great ascetic.   St. Himerius reposed circa A.D. 560, his relics were translated to Cremona (A.D 995) where he is one of the main Patron Saints.
  • MARTYRS OF ROME, (Date uncertain.) a group of two hundred and sixty-two martyrs who suffered under Diocletian and were buried on the old Via Salaria in Rome.
  • MOLLING (MOLING, MYLLIN, MOLIGNUS, DAIRCHILLA), a monk at Glendalough who went on to serve as Abbot of Aghacainid (Teghmolin, St Mullins), and then succeed St. Aidan (31st January) as Bishop of Ferns.   St. Molling reposed A.D. 697.
  • MONTANUS, a soldier who was taken to the island of Ponza in the Tyrrhenian Sea, where he was martyred by being thrown into the sea with a heavy stone tied round his neck, circa A.D. 300.   His body was recovered by Christians who enshrined it in Gaeta.
  • NECTAN, (Sixth century) a Welshman who is the Patron Saint of Hartland in Devon, where he lived as an anchorite.
  • RAMBOLD (RAMNOLD), a monk at St Maximinus in Trier, who served as Abbot of St. Emmeram in Regensburg.   He reposed A.D. 1001 at the age of one hundred.

* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church.   As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

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